KAWS - New Now London Wednesday, July 15, 2020 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Museum of Modern Art, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Artist Biography

    KAWS

    American • 1974

    To understand the work of KAWS is to understand his roots in the skateboard and graffiti crews of New York City. Brian Donnelly chose KAWS as his moniker to tag city streets beginning in the 1990s, and quickly became a celebrated standout in the scene. Having swapped spray paint for explorations in fine art spanning sculpture, painting and collage, KAWS has maintained a fascination with classic cartoons, including Garfield, SpongeBob SquarePants and The Simpsons, and reconfigured familiar subjects into a world of fantasy. 

    Perhaps he is most known for his larger-than-life fiberglass sculptures that supplant the body of Mickey Mouse onto KAWS' own imagined creatures, often with 'x'-ed out eyes or ultra-animated features. However, KAWS also works frequently in neon and vivid paint, adding animation and depth to contemporary paintings filled with approachable imagination. There is mass appeal to KAWS, who exhibits globally and most frequently in Asia, Europe and the United States.  

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Ж74

BFF

printed with the artist's name, date, fabricator and title 'KAWS..17 OPEN EDITION MEDICOM TOY CHINA' on the underside
painted vinyl, in original Medicom packaging
33 x 14.5 x 7.5 cm (12 7/8 x 5 3/4 x 2 7/8 in.)
Executed in 2017, this work is from an open edition fabricated by Medicom Toy, Japan.

Estimate
£600 - 800 

Sold for £1,063

Contact Specialist

Simon Tovey
Head of New Now Sale, London
+44 20 7318 4084

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New Now

London Auction 15 July 2020